3-point stance: Roster battles tough on players

Chicago Bears' Fendi Onobun (84) drops a pass in the end zone as Carolina Panthers' Jason Williams (54) and D.J. Campbell (26) defend during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) (Bob Leverone)

1. With just nine days remaining until all 32 NFL clubs need to get down to the 53-man limit, these can be torturous times for players on the bubble. Bears hopeful Fendi Onobun summed it up like this. "We're fighting for our lives. This (Raiders) is the most important game of my life and I'm sure it's the same for a lot of others. You know, as far as there being stress or pressure, I don't want to put any more stress or pressure on myself."

2. I asked Devin Aromashodu if it's the same for every receiver in practice and he acknowledged if you're not with the ones, you never know who's going to be throwing you the ball. It wasn't a complaint, just a fact.

3. It was interesting and instructive that, talking about starting tight end Martellus Bennett, both Steve Maneri and Fendi Onobun went out of their way to describe what a great teammate and role model he's been.

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